About Us

Founded in 1969, University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of the profession of risk management in higher education. URMIA provides community, education, and resources to an international community of almost 3,000 members. This includes practicing professionals at more than 825 institutions of higher learning, as well as more than 100 affiliate companies and partner organizations that serve the needs of higher education risk management. URMIA is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana.


Our ​Work


The mission of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association is to advance the discipline of risk management in higher education.


URMIA is the preeminent source of innovative and effective risk management ideas and solutions to the challenges facing institutions of higher education in the pursuit of their academic, social, and economic goals.


URMIA is committed to advancing higher education risk management and fostering the professional growth of its members. Our conduct is guided by the highest ethical standards, and all interactions are characterized by trust, accessibility, diversity, inclusion, innovation, and camaraderie.


Strategic Goals    See Objectives

Strategic Goal 1

Connect Members to Each Other

“You do not have to go it alone. URMIA members help each other.”

Leader: Matt Tuttle, University of Utah


Strategic Goal 2

Connect Members with Professional Development

“We offer you many educational opportunities in formats that fit your needs. We provide you a framework to meet core competencies for higher ed risk managers.”

 Leaders: Susie Johnson, Iowa State University, and Tim Wiseman, University of Wyoming


Strategic Goal 3

Connect Members to Resources and Tools

“We are working to make it easier for you to access content that can help you do your job.”

 Leaders: Michelle Smith, URMIA


Strategic Goal 4

Connect our Actions to the Long-standing Values of our Members that Promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI)

...within our Community and the Profession of Higher Education Risk Management

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to evolve our organization and profession. We are committed to taking intentional and affirmative steps as we progress into the future.”

Leader: TBD


Strategic Goal 5

Connect URMIA with the Future to Ensure Sustainability for the Association

“URMIA is a thought leader for its members, which requires a forward-looking perspective and stewardship of our resources.”

Leader: Nakeschi Watkins, Cornell University